On Tuesday, March 15, 2011, my friend Penny sent me a URL for free tickets to three shows at Piers 92/94 in Manhattan. I combined that with my existing plans for Saturday, March 19, 2011 and I had a wonderful afternoon and night.
First, Saturday morning (after staying up late watching Doctor Who when I got home from dinner with my parents), I caught up on my DVR and wrote a blog entry on a new Manhattan Mini Storage ad and an entry on the aforementioned dinner with my parents.
Then I showered and eventually headed into the city.
First, I checked out the DIFFA (Design Industries Foundation Fighting AIDS) Dining by Design show at Pier 94.
It was like an art gallery full of very interesting dining rooms.
That’s water streaming down the outside of this one.
If you’re a bit confused by this one, there’s an angled mirror above the table.
Notice William and Kate on the plates here.
Next, I checked out the Architectural Digest Home Design Show (also at Pier 94).
If you were building or redoing your home (particularly a kitchen, bedroom, or outdoor area), this would have been a great place to get some new ideas.
This is called a “meditation hut.” I did not find it very conducive to meditation. It’s claustrophobic and if someone or something taps it, the sound resounds through the inside.
This looked a lot comfier than the meditation hut. Plus, it spins!
A little something for my maternal grandmother?
When I had finished seeing what there was to see there, I moved on to the Artist Project show at Pier 92.
There were dozens of booths with some interesting art.
I enjoyed my time at the shows. There is a vast space at Piers 92/94 and I had never been there before. I love how spaces can be repurposed like this.
After the pier shows, I re-parked down on 9th Avenue at 42nd Street. After the Richmond game ended (the Spiders moved on to the Sweet 16), my friend Brian met up with me and we bought tickets for The Adjustment Bureau at the AMC Empire 25.
After that, we went to dinner at Yum Yum Too at 662 9th Avenue.
Brian had the Pak-Kra-Pow with Chicken (sauteed with fresh basil, chili peppers, garlic, and white mushrooms).
I had the Drunken Noodle with Beef (sauteed flat noodles with basil, chili, tomatoes, egg, onion, and scallions with beef).
We both enjoyed our meals.
Following dinner, we went to see The Adjustment Bureau, which is a film adaptation of Philip K. Dicks’s short story Adjustment Team. It stars Matt Damon and Emily Blunt, along with John Slattery, Anthony Mackie, Michael Kelly, and Terence Stamp. We liked the movie a lot! It’s a great New York City movie and it’s a Matt Damon New York City chase movie that avoids being a redux of The Bourne Ultimatum. There have been a number of great adaptations of the works of Philip K. Dick (Blade Runner, Total Recall, Minority Report) and this can be added to that list. I highly recommend it.
– Evan Bindelglass